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Very good features but again toy quality, second version (Arturia - KeyLab 61 mkII)

By Godly75, 11/06/2019
I was hoping this second version of Keylab would be road-safe, and Arturia could and should have learned from the many many complaints they got on the internet and their aftersales probably.
But it ain't so, it's the same toy quality as MkI.
Read my review here:

It's the second time I buy a keylab and I will return it.

Check my YT video

As said, very disappointing because I was hoping to finally get a decent controller with decent keybed. Because it has all the features one could wish that I don't find on the competition:

- lightweight
- compact design, for 61keys, PW/MW are placed on top
- height is also ok, so it doesn't take to much space.
- enough controllers and pads
- aftertouch (!)

- Key quality is very bad
- rotary and sliders are low quality

I doubt this will last longer then 5 gigs ;-)
Maybe good on your desk to play some tunes, but nothing road-worthy.
And sure not at 450€.
On the contrary, Arturia software is very nice. but I almost feel I bought the software with a free China keyboard extra ;-)

Very good, but lacks features (Akai - MPK61)

By Godly75, 18/06/2019
- Very good keyboard, perfect action and real semi weighted
- Solid built
- Overall quality is top

- No CC on the pads
- No panic/all notes off button
- No software editor
- missing a 9th fader
- Top screen should show more data

I was looking for the MAX version, but that seems to be discontinued.
Especially for the touch faders. Why Akai?

Superbe qualité prix (M-Audio - Code 61)

By Ullie Swan, 22/06/2019
Je ne me sers personnellement pas des pads ni des fonctionnalités de contrôle je l’ai Choisi pour son nombre de touches et sa vélocité assez intéressante pour jouer du piano pour une version plus transportable que mon piano électrique. Je l’ai depuis deux ans, aucun problème avec. Je ne m’en lasse pas.

News 61-Key MIDI Keyboard

Akai's Advance keyboards get major VIP 2.0 update

Published on 04/01/16
Akai has announced the addition of VIP 2.0 software with the Creative FX Plus suite to their family of Advance keyboards.

Feature Articles 61-Key MIDI Keyboard

[Video] Akai VIP Software in Action

Published on 07/07/15
[Video] Akai VIP Software in Action
We recently reviewed the Akai Advance 49 keyboard. In fact, we gave it an Audiofanzine Award for Innovation. A big part of the value of the Advance series keyboards is that they include VIP software …

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